Jaromír, Duke of Bohemia

Jaromír (died 4 November 1038), a member of the Přemyslid dynasty, was Duke of Bohemia in 1003, from 1004 to 1012, and again from 1034 to 1035.

Duke of Bohemia
PredecessorBoleslaus III
SuccessorBoleslaus IV
Duke of Bohemia
Reign1004 – 1012
PredecessorBoleslaus IV
Duke of Bohemia
Reign1033 – 1034
Bornc. 970
Died(1038-11-04)4 November 1038 (aged c. 60–70)
Lysá nad Labem
Spousenot known
Issuenot known
FatherBoleslaus II, Duke of Bohemia
MotherEmma of Mělník

Early life edit

He was the second son of Duke Boleslaus II the Pious (d. 999). His mother may have been either one of his father's two wives: Adiva or Emma of Mělník.

In 1002, Jaromír rebelled against the rule of his elder brother Boleslaus III, who had him castrated[1] and expelled with his mother and his brother Oldřich to the Bavarian court at Regensburg. Nevertheless, Boleslaus was unable to secure the Prague throne, as he was deposed by the Bohemian nobility and his rule was taken over by his Přemyslid cousin Vladivoj, backed by the Polish duke Bolesław I the Brave. Vladivoj also secured the support of King Henry II of Germany when he received the Duchy of Bohemia as a royal fief.[2][3][4]

Reign edit

When Vladivoj died the next year, Jaromír and Oldřich returned to Bohemia and Jaromír was proclaimed duke by the Bohemian nobles. The Bohemian lands were occupied in turn by the Polish forces of Bolesław, who reinstated Boleslaus III as duke. After he ordered a massacre of the rival Vršovci clan, however, he lost the support of the Polish ruler and was finally deprived of power. Meanwhile, Jaromír had sought military backing from King Henry II. At Merseburg, he promised to hold Bohemia as a vassal of the king. This action definitively placed Bohemia within the jurisdiction of the Holy Roman Empire.

In 1004, Jaromír occupied Prague with a German army and proclaimed himself Bohemian duke. Nevertheless, the state he regained was a small one, as Polish forces still held Moravia, Silesia, and Lusatia. Jaromír's reign—like so many of the other early Czech rulers—was a struggle to regain lost lands. He remained a loyal supporter of King Henry in the smouldering German–Polish War. Nonetheless, the German king took no action when, in 1012, Jaromír was dethroned by Oldřich (who had him blinded[5][1]) and forced once again into exile. In a surprise campaign, Jaromír once again managed to depose Oldřich with the support of Emperor Conrad II in 1033, but his second reign was short-lived. A year later, Oldřich was restored by his son Bretislaus I.[6]

Jaromír was imprisoned at Lysá nad Labem and died on 4 November 1035 or 1038,[i] a year after the death of his brother. He was assassinated by one of the Vršovci clan.[3][7] According to the Chronica Boemorum, "Kochan sent his executioner, and when the blind man was sitting on the toilet at night, emptying his stomach, he pierced him with a sharp spear from behind to the bowels of the abdomen".

Notes edit

  1. ^ Cosmas gives 1038

References edit

  1. ^ a b Czech radio
  2. ^ Jan Petr Jordan (1844). Boehmen: Geschichte des Landes und seines Volkes : Mit Stahlstichen. pp. 210–.
  3. ^ a b Cosmas of Prague (2009). The Chronicle of the Czechs. Translated by Lisa Wolverton. CUA Press. pp. 105–108. ISBN 978-0-8132-1570-9.
  4. ^ [Anonymus AC09723364] (1712). Das jetzt-lebende Königreich Boehmen, in einer historisch- und geographischen Beschreibung vorgestellet, ... nebst einer kurtzen Lebens-Beschreibung aller Böhmischen Herzoge und Könige, biß auf ... Carolum VI. Johann Zieger. pp. 14–.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Cosmas, Chronicle, p. 92.
  6. ^ "Feldzüge Heinrichs II. gegen den Polenherzog Boleslaw Chrobry". Landesausstellung 2002. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Waclaw Hajek z Libocan (1780). Neue Kronik von Boehmen. Vom Jahre 530 bis 1780. Nebst einer geographischen Beschreibung, aller Staedte, Maerkte, Schloesser und anderer merkwuerdigen Orte. v. Schönfeld. pp. 24–.
Jaromír, Duke of Bohemia
Born: c. 975 Died: 11 November 1034
Regnal titles
Preceded by Duke of Bohemia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Duke of Bohemia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Duke of Bohemia